Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter was returning to Delano Airport in Kern County when it disappeared around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.
A statewide search is on for the suspects involved in the shooting of a CHP officer in Kern County late Sunday night.
Wildfires sparked by lightning strikes burned Sunday near homes in areas of central California, causing some residents to flee some mountain communities.
California firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned nearly 8 square miles of grassland on a westward run from a Kern County oil field to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County.
Kern County firefighters are in the final mop-up stages of a 150-acre fire that burned in brush around a network of abandoned gold miles near Lake Isabella.
Fire officials in California say a wildfire is threatening homes in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County and high winds are pushing it through the brushy high desert area.
A storm pounding California with record rain forced authorities in the San Joaquin Valley to call Monday for the evacuation of some 2,000 residents of the farming community of McFarland due to major flooding.
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